Program offers free diabetes management

EVART — Local residents managing diabetes have the opportunity to learn additional tips and tricks from Michigan State University Extension.

Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) also known as "Healthy Living with Diabetes," is being offered for free at the Osceola County Commission on Aging in Evart this month. PATH is a six-week workshop designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with diabetes to improve their health and manage their symptoms.

Two trained and certified leaders, Pam Daniels of the MSU Extension and Kelly Gawne, a registered nurse with Spectrum Health Reed City will conduct the workshops from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Wednesday from April 30 through May 28. Attendance is required at each session.

As a result of attending the workshop participants learn to:

  • Deal with the symptoms of diabetes (including fatigue, pain, hypo/hyperglycemia, stress, anger),
  • Exercise to maintain and improve strength and endurance,
  • Eat healthy,
  • Work more effectively with health care providers,
  • Make a weekly action plan and develop self-management skills, and
  • Help themselves and others succeed.

RSVPs are required. For more information or to register, call Pam Daniels (231) 592-0792 before April 15. Osceola County Commission on Aging is located at 732 W. 7th St. in Evart.